Grateful Dead Live at Denver Coliseum on 1973-11-21
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Me And My Uncle
Black Throated Wind
Big Railroad Blues
Mexican Hat Dance Tuning
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Here Comes Sunshine
Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
Weather Report Suite Part ->
Let It Grow
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
Playing In The Band ->
El Paso ->
Playing In The Band ->
Wharf Rat Jam ->
Dark Star Jam ->
Wharf Rat ->
Playing In The Band ->
Nobody's Fault But Mine ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
One More Saturday Night
Uncle John's Band
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|Me And My Uncle|
|Black Throated Wind|
|Big Railroad Blues|
|They Love Each Other|
|Looks Like Rain|
|Here Comes Sunshine|
|Weather Report Suite|
|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|El Paso ->|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|Dark Star Jam ->|
|Wharf Rat ->|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|Nobody's Fault But Mine ->|
|Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->|
|One More Saturday Night|
|Uncle John's Band|
Sony Stereo Mic -> Master Cassette -> CD (shnid=22096) supplies:
Me And My Uncle (0:17 - 0:19)
Dire Wolf (3:11 - 3:13)
They Love Each Other (2:29 - 2:50)
Let It Grow (2:33 - 2:58)
Playing In The Band d2t08 (2:34 - 2:54)
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad (4:40 - 5:05)
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Fixed swapped channels on shnid=88612
-- Cleaned up a lot of flaws, noises, etc.
-- This source does not have some of the cuts on other sources
-- Pitch corrected with Cool Edit Pro (-2.7%)
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones and Rob Bertrando for their help
-- Mexican Hat Dance Tuning after Big Railroad Blues
-- Dark Star Jam contains Wharf Rat tease
- CD -> Cool Edit Pro v2.0 -> Samplitude Professional v9.12 -> FLAC
- Denver, CO
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Denver Coliseum
Subject: Colo gap
After this 2nd Denver show there would be a gap of 4 yrs before the Dead returned to Colorado. Seven songs in the 1st Set were played the night before, all of them slightly better (two more repeats are in the 2nd). Maybe it's not quite the monster show of 11/20, but that one has one of the year's best 1st Sets and this show has the better 2nd Set - known for it's long sequence: ½ Step>Playin'>El Paso>Playin'>Wharf Jam>Wharf Rat>back into Playin'>Dew.
First Set. Me & My Uncle is a fun, change-up opener. The set is average '73 up to the unusually strong Mexicali. There's also a Mexican Hat Dance going into it (that's not complete on Road Trips 4-3). They Love Each Other is faster than the previous night's shuffle. Very RIYL an uptempo, bouncy version. Here Comes Sunshine is a personal fave version. Somewhat similar to the great 11/17, the factor is arrantly X! Parts are more succinct and cohesive than usual, with original jamming - even if fairly mellow in tone. X Factor continues into Big River; Jer's 2nd solo is one of the year's best. Brokedown also ticks every box - and may surprise, if you are expecting yet another run-through. While not the whopper of the night before, Weather Report Suite is still great, and if you prefer it uptempo it's quite distinct from that one. It has the "Born to sail the tide" & "It's just a state of mind" lyrics. The Let it Grow jam has 24sec of AUD @8:21. The official release patches this with a little more than one measure from the night before (29sec @8:27).
Second Set. This hot Mississippi Half-Step is just the start of this great sequence. A good Playin' does a cool tranny into a very active El Paso. The second Playin' morphs into a long, unique Wharf jam, into Wharf Rat proper [not a Dark Star or Dark Star Jam, as sometimes labeled]. The Wharf itself is just yr average '73. The third Playin' has a 21sec AUD patch @2:36. Oddly, the official release just plays across the cut (blending the two ends, which isn't too noticeable). You wouldn't expect this jam out of Wharf to be the longest jam of the three (or the set), plus one of the most out-there jams of late '73. The 1hr 3min (whew!) sequence finalizes with a Dew. It's not 10/19 or 12/02, but still a hella kewl 'quence. The jam part of Truckin' almost immediately heads toward Nobody's Fault. Phil has to tease it a bit before Jer picks up Goin' Down the Road. On the official release, 4:38>5:31 of GDtRFB comes from 11/9/73, excising one measure (4:39>5:15 on the miller SBD) for, oddly, a measure and a half. Most '73 versions of One More Saturday are a notch below '72s & '74s. Not this; a nice punctuation before the encore. Uncle John's is good enough for satiety (hopefully 4yrs worth).
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B+
Overall = 4¼ stars
They Love Each Other - brisker companion to other show's shuffle
Here Comes Sunshine - arrantly X Factor
Big River - Jer's 2nd solo is ka-blam
Brokedown Palace - may surprise
Weather Report Suite - great, also rendered uptempo
Mississippi Half-Step - so solid
El Paso - very active
Playing in the Band - the sequence section into Wharf is unique
One More Saturday Night - a best-of-'73 candidate
SOURCES: Most of the SBDs are pitched fast and have a few cuts. The miller_97468 remedies problems but does have the tunings cut. The whole show is on Road Trips v4 #3, except for complete tunings and the complete versions of: Weather Report, Playing III, & GDtRFB.
Subject: Liked it very muchand a lot.
Subject: One of my favorite eras of Dead - Late Fall 1973
Subject: Happy 40th Anniversary to a Stellar Show
Set One opens with Me & My Uncle, which I find to be an awkward (albeit rare) opener. It doesn’t really have anything to do with performance quality, but more likely that I’m so used to hearing it later in the first set. This one seems to fit nicely though and IMHO feels like far less of an “abrupt” start than the 11/17 UCLA show. Maybe it’s because the narrator is addressing a hometown crowd in the Mile High City. Who knows? Sugaree features some solid Jerry soloing and some very emotive vocals on the last few “Shake it, shake it, Sugaree”s with the whole band following suit in pleading intensity. Jack Straw is dripping with the lighthearted, sun-drenched glow it consistently embodied through the early 70’s, Jerry’s guitar taking that familiar weightless, soaring tone. Dire Wolf has a grooving syncopated jazz swing to it, Keith bringing a lot to the table rhythmically. HC Sunshine is tasty as always, Phil really delivering the goods, his bottom-end melodies weaving through Garcia’s like an intricate, collaborative tapestry. Brokedown Palace, which has started reappearing back in late October, Hunter’s words shining over the crowd aloft on the band’s collective sunbeams. And then we come to the real crown jewel of the first set, WRS. I’m a huge fan of this tune and this one rounds out the set nicely, sweeping us away . The boys are off to an amazing start.
Set Two starts off with another new tune off Wake of the Flood (released about a month prior) Mississippi Half Step. This song is still wet behind the ears, mostly lacking the passion “Across the Rio-Grande-eo” would gain in later years, but it’s already well on its way to growing into the awe-inspiring juggernaut it would become. The ending jam feels a little cut off but when the band heads into PITB, all is forgiven. Little does anyone know at this point that we are embarking on a full on PITB-fueled excursion that will launch us through space and time. He race through the desert on horseback in search of love in the Old West, sit by a dock to hear the heartbreaking past and hopeful future of an old blind man, and finally wait restlessly in a nuclear fall-out shelter and dream of the world outside. Whirlwind segments of stunning psychedelic improvisation usher us from place to place, oozing with 73 jazziness and at some moments and surging with Dark Star-esque energy. (Note: IMHO The track labeled here as “Dark Star Jam” would probably be better titled something else, or just added to the beginning of Wharf Rat. While the jam shares a lot of characteristics with Dark Star, it sounds to me like the band is jamming on the Wharf Rat chord progression. 73 is just so damn wonderfully jazzy that almost any spaced out jam is going to take on a Dark Star “feel”) By the end of Morning Dew, this would truly be enough…if the show ended there not a soul in attendance could say that they went home “hungry.” But, true to 73 form, there are more roads to be traveled. Starting off with a rollicking Truckin’, the latter part of the second set races headfirst in the Rock N Roll direction. The Truckin’ is pretty standard for the era which, IMHO means it’s an excellent one from an overall career perspective. 73 was definitely a hot year for Truckin. It segues into another favorite of mine, Nobody’s Fault But Mine. It’s short but sweet, Phil soon calling up a rollicking GDTRFB. You never need a calendar to spot a Saturday Grateful Dead show. This version of One More Saturday Night is well above average, probably due at least in part was the transition from GDTRFB. All that momentum had to go somewhere.
Who doesn’t love an UJB encore? I can’t think of a better song to serve as benediction to the experience that was a Grateful Dead concert, soothing a soothing chorus singing verses of sage advice and sending you gently back out into the world. Come here to the riverside…as always, the boys have some things to talk about.
Some wonderful, wonderful things.
Subject: Combine the jams!
Now, as for the show - it's solid gold. The dynamic between Jerry and Keith is to treasure - every song in the first set has just a *little* extra going for it - just check out the boogaloo of Mexicali, They Love Each Other so carefree, and Bobby's 'Rain' followed so cheekily by Jer's 'Sunshine'.
Two major movements make up the second set - for me, the juice is the Playin' Reprise - they, like many others in this fall run, take a long time to wrap up the Main Ten and, in this case, extend their jam waaaaaaaay out there - Phil is just out of control tonight.
By the time they rev up Truckin', we're honestly exhausted, but willing to take on more - this show was a worthy selection for official release.
Subject: Sunflower man
Subject: 73 for me!
Subject: thanks for the listen
Subject: Typical '73 good show,
Subject: great show!
Subject: Excellent Medley
Subject: PRIMAL DEAD
Half-Step>Playin'>El Paso>Playin' Jam>DS Jam>Wharf Rat>Playin'>Morning Dew
Who wants to tell me that is not extraordinary? This is one of the top five shows of 1973, along with Watkins Glen Soundcheck, Winterland November 11th and yadayayyada.
Just listen to Keith and Jerry toy around in the playing in the band jam, or Phil bounce in between the spaces of Dark Star. This is the jazziest the band ever got, and the tightest!
JERRY WAS BEARDLESS AT THIS SHOW FOR CHRISSAKES!!!
5 star transfer by Charlie Miller
5 star classic performance by the G-Dead
you need it!
Subject: Denver All day
Subject: Holy Sunshine, Batman!!!!
The rest of the show is worth it's weight in gold, for sure. But this Sunshine is something altogether incomprehensible.
Enjoy this wonderful performance. This band has changed my life.
Subject: Don't Know What To Say
Subject: vocal bliss
Second set is no slouch either continuing the vocal integrity with Miss half step which launches into a night as uniquely unparalleled as the any of the best out there.
5 stars for sound and cut splicing 5 stars for show. This IS 73 mindblowing perfection done right.